500 Kids Have Gone Missing In DC In 2017 — Sex Trafficking Fears Have Officials Asking FBI For Help

By Matt Agorist

A total of 501 juveniles have been reported missing in D.C. since the beginning of the year. This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who’ve written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter.

The letter, obtained by the Associated Press, asked FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “devote the resources necessary to determine whether these developments are an anomaly or whether they are indicative of an underlying trend that must be addressed.” It was signed by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La) and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, who represents D.C. in Congress.

“Ten children of color went missing in our nation’s capital in a period of two weeks and at first garnered very little media attention. That’s deeply disturbing,” Richmond’s letter said.

As the AP reports, the District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles, many of them black or Latino, in the first three months of this year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department, the city’s police force. Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, police said.

The Twitter profile for the DC police department is quite literally riddled with images of missing young Black and Latino girls. In spite of the officials’ concern and the posts on Twitter, police are assuring the public that there is nothing out of the ordinary.

“We’ve just been posting them on social media more often,” said Metropolitan Police spokeswoman Rachel Reid.

“We can’t focus on the numbers,” said Derrica Wilson, co-founder of the Black and Missing Foundation. “If we have one missing child, that’s too many.”

Police then went on to dispel talk of these girls being kidnapped and sold into slavery by human traffickers.

“We have no indication to believe that young girls in the District are being preyed upon by human traffickers in large numbers,” said police commander Chanel Dickerson, leader of the Youth and Family Services division, according to NBC News 4.

Notice how Dickerson said “in large numbers” as a qualifier, meaning he didn’t rule out the fact that there are human traffickers in the area preying on young girls.

As the Free Thought Project pointed out on several occasions, some of these traffickers have already been caught in D.C. — and some of them have been cops.

Linwood Barnhill Jr., a veteran of the D.C. Police Department, was exposed by the Free Thought Project for running a child sex ring out of his house. In 2014, in an early morning search warrant issued for his Southeast D.C. apartment found a 15-year-old girl who had previously been reported missing by her parents.

When police rescued the girl she told officers that she had met six other girls inside the Southeast D.C. apartment who told her they were also being prostituted, including with ads posted on backpage.com. Barnhill also took naked photos of the girls, purportedly for use in advertisements for sex.

Marijuana, condoms and a large mirror were also seized from the apartment; law enforcement officials say that the seized mirror had the names of other females who were being trafficked written on it.

Around that same time, another cop in the area was also exposed and arrested for trafficking teens. Lamin Manneh, 32, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to traveling across state lines and using a telephone and internet to operate a prostitution business using two teens he prostituted out over 300 times.

According to the AP, Wilson also said she is concerned about whether human trafficking is a factor, citing the case of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who has been missing since she vanished from a city homeless shelter in 2014. A janitor who worked at the shelter was found dead of apparent suicide during the search for the girl.

“They prey on the homeless, they prey on low-income children, they prey on the runaways, they prey online,” Wilson said.
“Whether these recent disappearances are an anomaly or signals of underlying trends, it is essential that the Department of Justice and the FBI use all of the tools at their disposal to help local officials investigate these events, and return these children to their parents as soon as possible,” Richmond said.

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According to the anti-Human Trafficking group, Polaris, located in D.C., the number of trafficked humans in the US is startling.

Sadly, the US government appears to spend far more time looking for an illegal plant or for Tom Brady’s jersey, than they do on missing children.

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. . and now on Steemit

  • Undecider

    Why would anyone be surprised by this? D.C. is the center of pedophile and Satanic power. Children are a staple for these scumbags.

  • The DC Metro Police comments in the letter imply that 2000+ kids in their jurisdiction have gone missing every year since 2001 and nobody has been doing anything special about that.

  • Reggin Mudd

    This is just to pacify truth seekers. This is nothing new and vastly underreported…

    • rhondareichel

      It’s worse than ever….Pizzagate needs to be busted

  • c_chandler

    pizzagate…and comey is a liar and knows whom…

  • Silverado

    And that’s just in Washington DC since the first of this year. Just think how many go “missing” every year in the entire country. Anyway this is truly outrageous and very…dark BUT three questions need to be answered and quickly – who’s doing this? how are they doing it? and why?? I’d rather see Congress disappear instead of anymore kids.

  • FuccTheCops

    They’re all at comet ping pong.

  • Psychic Warrior

    The Justice Dept. and the fbi and cia are all involved in the trafficking as well as the cover-up for all high profile people who are involved in such activities similar to ping-pong pizza and the satanists who run our government and control our economy.

  • Darkwing

    Wait a minute, how can this happen, with Tramp and the RINO’s in charge. They were going to make it great again. My world is falling apart.

    • AngB

      You’re an idiot. GO TROLL SOMEWHERE ELSE.

  • Mike Winter

    # 1 – “District of Columbia logged 501 cases of missing juveniles…..Twenty-two were unsolved as of March 22, ” So, the article title is designed to get readership as it is somewhat misleading.

    #2 – ““We can’t focus on the numbers,” said Derrica Wilson….“If we have one missing child, that’s too many.” Really? We can’t focus on the numbers? Sure thing..let’s not focus on the PRIMARY BAROMETER of the issue. Derrica just might end up Senator Wilson is we don’t keep an eye out.

    #3 – “This startling number has forced the hands of several officials who’ve written a letter to call on special help from the Justice Department in investigating the matter.” PUH-lease! Have not ONE of those people heard of the Franklin Cover up, Jersey Isle, or any of dozens of exposures of high ranking government officials caught ‘with their pants (as a nod to Hillary….’dress’) down’? Ridiculous!

    Reggin Mudd as commenter said it one line-“This is just to pacify truth seekers. This is nothing new…”

  • doucyet

    Check the Senates private chambers……….

  • rhondareichel

    YOU WON’T SEE THIS ON THE NEWS–they don’t give a damn I guess

    I sure don’t see this being addressed by law enforcement either…

    DUH….I think that NUMBER indicates a TREND don’t you?

    • AngB

      I think almost ALL networks should be YANKED off the air. I will make an exception for FOX because they DO mention things others WON’T! They don’t report news anymore so they shouldn’t have a “news time slot”. They need to get BACK to reporting news or be SHUT DOWN!

      1996 Telecommunications Act must be SMASHED and the media monopoly MUST BE BROKEN! That is what helped CREATE this mess. Going from 50+ corporations owning the media to….6! THAT’S WRONG!

      • Trent Thomas

        what would be your way of shutting them down? i just don’t participate.

        • AngB

          Only thing WE can do to shut them down is…not watch (boycott) and boycott sponsors. Doesn’t sound like much but it costs them MILLIONS and networks are like any other business…they are there to make money!

          What WILL help IS reversing the Telecommunications Act. That created this disaster. Before it TV networks couldn’t own newspapers or radio stations and THAT is why there were so many owners! It’s harder to control 50 corporations but 6…it’s far too easy!

          Now my beef with TV networks is they hide behind “freedom of speech”. LEGALLY they can out and out lie! Yes if they libel or slander someone to sue but that doesn’t mean they will win! Again…”freedom of speech”. We’ve gotten to the point where it’s madness! MSM used to abide by the “journalist standards”. Triple checking facts, sources to verify the information before it was released. NOW…if they see something on Twitter THEY REPORT IT like it’s been researched and it’s FACT. Rumor and innuendo! They aren’t any better than morning talk shows. When the “story” is proven false, they will spend 15-20 minutes going over it again IN DETAIL and then the last 5 seconds say “it’s been disproved” and immediately move along. MSM has abandoned the long held journalist standards for factual, ethical reporting. So we need to change too.

          FCC or Congress NEEDS to pass a “standard” for “news” outlets. MSM is a business. ALL business’ have rules and regulations they must abide by if they want to stay in business. Without a LEGAL standard there is NOTHING that can be done to FORCE them to stop this…insanity. If they chose to violate the “standard” or rules they risk forfeiture of their license. License are renewed I believe ever 6 years and we NEED some protection from lies and we NEED factual news reported! So MUCH is going on in the world and even in the USA and they say nothing! They’ve betrayed our trust and, as far as I’m concerned it borders on being criminal.

          MSM is owned by liberal left and conservative Republicans have almost been completely forced OUT. The last figure I saw was 7% and no doubt it’s smaller now. We need balance! Balance in media, balance in our school systems! Things are just too biased and lop sided.

  • herxheim

    none of the links in the article work.

  • les1971

    DC is the zionist ,satanic area of concentration,no surprise here,expect more of the same.

  • Louis Charles

    America sure loves its pedophilia. Did you see the small turnout at the pedogate rally in DC? Fake news, huh?

  • littljo

    Monica Petersen, the Haitian blogger, was about to expose the Clnton Foundation when she was murdered…rip
    Drain the swamp.
    Silver stakes required.

  • Laskarina

    Great Comment.

  • Jason Wilson

    Trump, like Clinton, is under blackmail. His friend Jeffrey Epstein was gathering sexual dirt on his wealthy and famous friends, and is close to Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of alleged Israeli “superspy” and newspaper baron Robert Maxwell.

  • Silverado

    “There have been 105-115 people abducted by strangers each year in this country for the last 30+ years.”

    Ya sure and you’re undoubtedly a little low on your estimate there. There’s that many in some of our largest cities in a month. Even the biggest skeptic would argue with your numbers which aren’t any where near where they should be. Why the large underestimation?? This is bad if it happens to even one kid.

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